Yeah Yeah Yeahs have played their first set since December 2014 at a New York gig celebrating Mick Rock, the British photographer renowned for his shots of rock stars including Mick Jagger and David Bowie.
Rock is releasing a new documentary, ‘Shot!: The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock’, which premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film is directed by British director Barney Clay, husband of Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O.
As reported by Rolling Stone, at the premiere’s afterparty at Dream Downtown, Karen O joined up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase, plus Money Mark and TV on the Radio’s Jaleel Bunton. They covered Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’ and Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’. See clips below:
Sky Ferreira also made an appearance, covering Bowie’s ‘Rock’n’Roll Suicide’. See a clip:
In October last year, Karen O gave an update on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ status, revealing that there are no set-in-stone plans for the group to end their current break, but leaving the door open to the prospect of them reforming in the future.
“It’s just waiting to see how everything works out with starting a family and seizing the moment when it strikes,” she said. “I’m in the full-time job of [motherhood] at the moment.”
“I’m in babyland at the moment,” she added, having given birth to her first child in September. “It’s all quite fresh and I’m technically on maternity leave right now, so everything is really up in the air. I’m going to see how it all pans out over the next few months with how to move forward with projects. But I’m so ensconced with having my first baby that I’m just going to wing it and see how it goes.”